With the first semi-final less than two weeks away, Liverpool is truly in the Eurovision spirit. Now, they’ve gone one step further in their party planning and are spreading the joy across the city’s public transport with some brand new artwork.
Buses and trams, including new zero-emission hydrogen buses, will be sporting the yellow, blue and pink designs and the official slogan for this year’s contest, ‘United by Music’.
Initially, the buses will be used for driver training before being introduced into passenger service. You’ll also be able to spot the artwork at train and bus stations, bus stops, ferry terminals and tunnel entrances across the city.
The theme of this year’s Eurovision is a nod to last year’s winners, Ukraine, who have been unable to host the 2023 contest due to Russia’s invasion of the country. Instead, organisers agreed that the UK would host the show after last year’s British entrant, Sam Ryder, came second behind Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra.
Of the new themed buses, Liverpool City Region mayor Steve Rotheram told The BBC: ‘We’ve commissioned these new liveries to celebrate this global spectacular coming to our region.
‘We want to use the contest as a chance to showcase what makes our region fantastic, so that visitors and investors alike return time and time again. I’m enormously proud of the investments we’ve made to deliver a publicly owned, public transport network run in the interests of the public.’